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Joseph Bebon
Joseph Bebon
Joseph Bebon is editor of Solar Industry magazine. In addition, he contributes to sister publications North American Windpower magazine, Unmanned Aerial Online, and NGT News, an alternative fuel vehicle news site, and was previously editor of the latter. Joseph is also the former editor of smart grid publication Renew Grid. He graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor's degree in English and started his career at Zackin Publications, publisher of Solar Industry, as an editorial assistant in 2010.
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SMUD Is On The Lookout For Solar PPAs

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 15, 2016

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has released a request for offers (RFO) for cost-effective photovoltaic project power purchase agreements (PPAs). Proposals are due April 14. This RFO is requesting qualified offers of renewable-portfolio-standard-eligible solar photovoltaic energy resources located external [Read More]

AET To Supply Racking For 4.7 MW Florida Solar Project

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 15, 2016

Applied Energy Technologies (AET) has announced that its Rayport-G ECO ground-mount solar racking system was selected by commercial solar contractor Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) for a 4.7 MW project in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. AET notes its Rayport-G ECO is UL [Read More]

Fairchild Releases SiC Diode Primed For Solar Inverters

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 15, 2016

Semiconductor solutions company Fairchild has released its first 1,200 V silicon carbide (SiC) diode, the FFSH40120ADN, in its series of upcoming SiC solutions. According to the company, the new diode’s combination of switching performance, reliability and low electromagnetic interference (EMI) [Read More]

Oregon Gov. Signs Anti-Coal, Pro-Renewables Bill Into Law

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 14, 2016

As expected, Gov. Kate Brown, D-Ore., has signed into law S.B.1547-B, the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition plan. The utility-backed legislation aims to significantly increase renewable energy procurement and eliminate coal use in Oregon. Passed by Oregon legislators earlier this [Read More]

New Hampshire Reps Pass Bill To Double NEM Cap

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 14, 2016

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed H.B.1116, a bill that would double the state’s current net energy metering (NEM) cap from 50 MW to 100 MW. Gov. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., praises the legislation and says lifting the cap [Read More]

Minnesota To Surpass Renewables Goal, See ‘Dramatic Growth’ Of Solar

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 14, 2016

Minnesota, which generated 21% of its electricity from renewable energy – wind, solar, hydro and biomass – in 2015, is well on pace to exceed its renewable portfolio standard of 25% by 2025, according to a report from the Minnesota [Read More]

Ontario Reveals Winning Bids Under Large Renewable Procurement

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 14, 2016

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which manages Ontario’s grid, has released the list of 16 contracts that have been offered under the province’s Large Renewable Procurement (LRP), a competitive process for procuring large renewable energy projects generally greater than [Read More]

Denver Will Host DOE’s Next Solar Decathlon Competition

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 14, 2016

Denver will be the host city for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) next Solar Decathlon competition in fall 2017. Dr. Franklin Orr, the U.S. undersecretary for science and energy, made the announcement alongside Denver Mayor Michael Hancock during a [Read More]

Regulators OK Wisconsin Utility’s Community Solar Pilot Project

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 14, 2016

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has granted Madison Gas and Electric (MGE), the investor-owned utility serving Madison, Wis., approval to move forward with a community solar pilot project. MGE says the project, a 500 kW solar array at the [Read More]

Solar Frontier’s Solar Panels Pass Large-Hail Test

Posted by Joseph Bebon on March 14, 2016

Japan-based Solar Frontier has announced that its s-series solar panels have passed tests demonstrating the products can withstand the impact of 45-mm-wide hail. That’s approximately the size of a golf ball and recognized within the threshold of damage-causing hail. The [Read More]